Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include less radiation, and time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device. This gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability.
Dental X-rays help dentists visualize diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissue that cannot be seen with a simple oral exam. In addition, X-rays help the dentist find and treat dental problems early in their development, which can potentially save you money, unnecessary discomfort, and maybe even your life.
Dental X-rays can be used to:
·Show areas of decay that may not be visible with an oral exam, especially small areas of decay between teeth
·Identify decay occurring beneath an existing filling
·Reveal bone loss that accompanies gum disease
·Reveal changes in the bone or in the root canal resulting from infection
·Assist in the preparation of tooth implants, braces, dentures, or other dental procedures
·Reveal an abscess (an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth)